Claiming Williams 2015:
Why Should We Care?


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Each year on Claiming Williams Day, classes are suspended and the campus engages in events and discussions about building and sustaining a more inclusive community. Claiming Williams Day takes shape around proposals generated by students, staff and faculty.

Claiming Williams 2015 asks you to think about what matters – to you as an individual, to us as a college, to the communities to which we belong, to all of us together as part of a larger world. What do you care about? Why? Not sure if – or how – economic differences on campus, racial profiling by police, the fighting in Gaza, or other issues affect you? What does it mean to actively care – and how can we take action for a better world?

We urge you to get involved – by serving on the Claiming Williams Steering Committee, by proposing an event, or simply by attending. The Claiming Williams Steering Committee is eager to assist members of the community who want to propose an event or discussion: please contact us if you have an idea.

Proposals are due November 3.

A Brief History

Claiming Williams was born when a series of incidents in an entry in January 2008 sparked a grassroots student movement that was joined by staff and faculty, and became known as Stand with Us. The hope was that the community would work pro-actively to prevent hurtful, hateful incidents, rather than just responding afterwards.

The College celebrated the first Claiming Williams Day on February 5, 2009. Read more on the Mission & History and Archives pages.